2017 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor:

Nordstrom, one of the nation's leading fashion specialty retailers, offers a selection of quality apparel, shoes, accessories and cosmetics for women, men and children. Nordstrom is committed to its founding philosophy of service, selection, quality and value.

Community Sponsors:

Founded in 1682, Norfolk grew up on the water, and its miles of lake, river, and bay front are central to many of its neighborhoods. The city's popular logo—an elegant young mermaid, which can be spotted in outdoor sites from Downtown to Ocean View—symbolizes 300 years of maritime and naval heritage and its modern reputation as a city on the move.

Attractions—such as the battleship U.S.S. Wisconsin, a salute to the city's long-standing relationship with the Navy, Nauticus, the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, and the new Cruise and Celebration Center dot Norfolk's easily-walked downtown waterfront. Here, tugboats and visiting cruise ships share the waters with sailboats and merchant ships. The waterfront is also home to Town Point Park, a recently refurbished green space that houses summer festivals, fountains, walkways, and tributes to the City's naval history. Other treasures—The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk Botanical Garden and the Virginia Zoological Park—are close by.

Norfolk is home to the Port Authority, Norfolk-Southern Railway, The Virginia Symphony, Old Dominion University, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk State University, Tides baseball and the Admirals hockey teams, state of the art research facilities, shipping companies, and an exuberant arts and cultural community.

So join us, won't you? There's much to celebrate!

Founded in 1752, the City of Portsmouth is located in southeastern, Virginia—just across the Elizabeth River from the City of Norfolk. With over 80 miles of shoreline, including mile marker zero of the Intracoastal Waterway, it is a quaint seaport City with an inviting atmosphere highlighted by historic architecture and unique natural assets. Designated as an official Coast Guard City, Portsmouth’s southern charm, mild climate and beautiful waterfront setting, characterize it as a regional gem in the heart of Hampton Roads. 

Portsmouth is a diverse yet neighborly community, embracing both the richness of our heritage and the promise of the future in Hampton Roads. Downtown has retained its old southern charm and scale, as it has welcomed new development and revitalization. The historic waterfront downtown affords residents and visitors alike trendy shops and boutiques, chef-owned restaurants, art galleries and a range of entertainment and activities from the Farmers’ Market to First Weekend events and is home to the Children’s Museum of Virginia, the largest children’s museum in the state.

Olde Towne Portsmouth, it is a history lovers dream come true. In a single square mile, the Olde Towne Historic District chronicles 300 years of history in one of the largest collections of architecturally noteworthy homes. We invite you to see for yourself. Give us a day and we will give you a vacation.

Contributing Sponsors:


California Pizza Kitchen provides a range of creative California dishes, from signature California-style, hearth-baked pizzas to creative salads, pastas, soups and sandwiches. FREE Valet Parking when you dine with us and spend a minimum of $10. See server for details. 

Dickens’ Christmas Towne has become Hampton Roads’ newest holiday tradition. This year we’re bringing back the very best of seasons’ past including an indoor train display and Father Christmas, but also creating an entirely new entertainment line-up. A magical Christmas tree forest will come to life as you enter the 15,000-square-foot village, and an elaborate, animated PUPPET SHOW will delight your entire family. Performance artists, parlor magicians, incredible jugglers, actors, carolers and musicians will take center stage.  Each Saturday morning, join the fun at COPPERFIELD’S PETTING ZOO. You’ll also have a chance to experience the first SNOW of the season every day in our town square!    

FREE ACTIVITIES & CRAFTS are an important part of Dickens’ Christmas Towne. We’ve added even more games, family activities and fun – all free with admission. We’re also extending our season and will remain open through New Year’s Eve. After Christmas, be the first to see a national-caliber exhibit celebrating LITTLE GOLDEN BOOKS’ 75th anniversary, featuring 65 original illustrations from the beloved storybooks. We’ll also showcase classic children’s movies each day after Christmas and host a magical celebration on PRINCESS DAY.  

Please join us this year at Dickens’ Christmas Towne – it promises to be our biggest, brightest, boldest season yet.

Norfolk’s premier dining and entertainment district is a central place where you can hang out, dine and relax with your whole family. Waterside District features the best of national, regional and local restaurants and offers live music, festivals and more. Located in the heart of the central business district and adjacent to the City of Norfolk’s world-class waterfront and festival site, Waterside District is a central gathering place for local residents and visitors. 

Hospitality Sponsors:

Conveniently located in the heart of downtown, the Norfolk Waterside Marriott is a prominent feature of the Norfolk city skyline. This luxury waterfront hotel features nearly 400 rooms, 8 suites, and 60,000 square feet of conference space, a business center, and a 24-hour fitness center. Extraordinary dining is available at Shula’s 347, offering Premium Angus Beef® burgers and steaks or enjoy a cocktail in the Piano Lounge.

Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel is Norfolk’s only waterfront hotel and provides stunning views of the Elizabeth River along with an exceptional hotel and meeting experience. A stay with Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel puts you right in the center of all the great things to do in Norfolk, including harbor cruises, upscale shopping, theaters and galleries.

The Courtyard Marriott Norfolk Downtown hotel near MacArthur Center Mall features a new lobby with inviting spaces, free Wi-Fi and access to the latest news, weather and local information via our GoBoard. The highlight of our new lobby is The Bistro-Eat. Drink. Connect., which provides guests with healthy food, beverages, and Starbucks(R) items during the day and evening dinner service with cocktails. Guests will be near the NorVA, Chrysler Hall, and Granby Street, known for an eclectic mix of shopping, dining, and entertainment. Business travelers will be near Dominion Enterprises, Norfolk Southern, Sentara Norfolk, and Old Dominion University. We offer a fitness center, indoor pool, whirlpool, 24-hour business center and boarding pass printing service to make your travel easier.

The Residence Inn by Marriott Norfolk Downtown offers ideal accommodations for short or long stays in Norfolk. Guests will be at ease when relocating or traveling for a long-term project in Norfolk. The Norfolk hotel's studio, one, and two bedroom suites offer separate living, eating and sleeping areas with full kitchens. Plug in your laptop and enjoy free wireless Internet while watching the Flat screen TV in your suite. Enjoy free breakfast daily, evening "Mix" various nights of the week, a grocery shopping service, a heated indoor pool and on-site fitness center. Residence Inn is close to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters, EVMS, Dominion Enterprises, and Norfolk Southern. You'll be blocks from Norfolk's top eateries, nightlife, culture, and shopping. The Spirit of Norfolk, Chrysler Hall, Scope, the NorVa, Ted Constant Convocation Center and MacArthur Center Mall are all located a short distance from the hotel.

Supporting Sponsors:





In its 46th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines(NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 53,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually. Southwest operates more than 3,900 departures a day during peak travel season across a network of 99 destinations in the United Statesand eight additional countries with additional Cubaservice to Havana, Cuba, beginning Dec. 12, 2016, and Santa Clara beginning Dec. 15, 2016, both routes subject to governmental approvals.

Balloon Sponsors:

MacArthur Center

The Real Estate Group

Slover Library

Tidewater Community College

Top Guard Security

The Virginian-Pilot

Wells Fargo

Corporate Bleachers Sponsors:

Barnes & Noble at Tidewater Community College

MacArthur Center


Wells Fargo Advisors

Friends of Holidays in the City:

Collins Enterprises

Harbor Group

Harvey Lindsay

Southern Bank


Holidays in the City Sponsorship Opportunities:

Holidays in the City celebrates the season through a dedicated and wide-reaching 6-week campaign marketing and promoting Downtown Norfolk and Olde Towne Portsmouth as the region’s premier destinations for holiday celebration.

The festive season kicks-off on November 18th with the illumination of the Downtown Norfolk skyline and the 33rd Annual Grand Illumination Parade.

Every year, DNC offers businesses and organizations truly unique sponsorship opportunities through Holidays in the City.

Benefit highlights include:

  • Impactful building of brand awareness
  • Associate your corporate image with a regional tradition
  • Build employee and customer morale
  • Multi-media marketing and public relations campaign
  • The DNC staff also collaborates with interested businesses and organizations to develop custom sponsorship packages that best fit with your goals and objectives.

Please contact Noel Gramlich to learn more about Holidays in the City sponsorship opportunities.